Dec. 26, 2014

Volume 34, Number 17

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Rising From the Halloween Flood

Rebuilding the homes – and lives – displaced by the 2013 Onion Creek floods

BY KATE X MESSER

Point Austin: In With the New

A fresh-faced City Council gets ready for 2015

BY MICHAEL KING

Public Notice: Happy Holidays?

Ride a bike, make some calls, adopt a pet

BY NICK BARBARO

Headlines

Quote of the Week

Civics 101

Zimmerman Suit Not Yet "Bygone"

Zimmerman v. Bulldog proceeds to Round 2

BY AMY KAMP

Officer Wins Firing Appeal

Arbitrator overturns chief's decision to dismiss

BY CHASE HOFFBERGER

Online Threats and the Supremes

While Justin Carter's fate hangs in the air, SCOTUS considers another Facebook threat

BY MAC MCCANN

The Hightower Report: State Legislatures Help Rich Lenders Rob the Poor

New laws make it easier to prey on borrowers

BY JIM HIGHTOWER

food

Burden of Proof

With today's mocktails, who needs the hard stuff?

BY ROD MACHEN

Many Happy Returns

New name, same quality at the Preserve

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Fleet Fox

Swift Single Malt is going places

BY CLAUDIA ALARCÓN

Food-o-File

New restaurant lightning round

BY VIRGINIA B. WOOD

music

The Roost Crows at Midnight

Steamboat greeter / booker David Cotton realizes the dream of his own club, the Roost

BY NINA HERNANDEZ

Playback – 2014: Keeping the Dream Alive

Reviewing ATX music 2014

BY KEVIN CURTIN

Texas Platters

Dowrong & Eric Dingus

The Dowrong EP

Spray Paint

Clean Blood, Regular Acid

the Gary

Farewell Foolish Objects

Jonly Bonly

Put Together

Yuppie Pricks

Appetite for Consumption

Shivery Shakes

Three Waves & a Shake

All ATX British Invasion

All ATX British Invasion

Danny Malone

Speeddreamer
screens

Dressed to Thrill

Cosplay at Ikkicon is where the action's at for Lorelei Hutchings and Joseph Ginnings

BY RICHARD WHITTAKER

Help Desk

Fast shipping, resolution keeping, and holiday sensitive emoji in this week's tech etiquette column

BY MICHAEL AGRESTA

Film Reviews

Big Eyes

Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz play the Keane couple, the artists behind the craze of those ubiquitous portraits of wide-eyed waifs.

The Gambler

Mark Wahlberg has one of his juiciest roles ever as a creative-writing professor by day and a compulsive gambler by night.

The Imitation Game

Brilliant World War II codebreaker Alan Turing, whose story is told here, was a pioneering figure in computer science as well as a closeted homosexual.

Into the Woods

The Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical, a pastiche of classic fairy tales turned on their heads, gets a thoroughly cinematic workout.

Unbroken

The heroic story of Louis Zamperini, who endured harrowing hardships during World War II, is the subject of Angelina Jolie's second movie.
arts & culture

Strong and Talented and Young

Austin's Raw Paw collective inhales life, exhales art

BY WAYNE ALAN BRENNER

Playing God – Literally

A smartphone's all you need to let loose your inner Zeus and control the action in Deus Ex Machina

BY ROBERT FAIRES

Arts Reviews

This Wonderful Life

In Zach Theatre's production, Martin Burke singlehandedly restores George Bailey's faith in humanity

"Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash)"

The Blanton's exhibit is like being in James Drake's studio and experiencing his two years of daily drawing all at once

Brainquake

Samuel Fuller
columns

Day Trips

Eyesore or mysterious landmark?

BY GERALD E. MCLEOD

Gay Place: Ho-HoHos

One "Gay Place": Two big holigayz

BY KATE X MESSER

The Good Eye Looks Back

All the best glimpses caught by the Good Eye in 2014

BY AMY GENTRY

Mr. Smarty Pants Knows

BY MR. SMARTY PANTS

The Luv Doc: Too Much Christmas

Lasting oppression really only works if you have a really good PR campaign

BY THE LUV DOC

Feedback

Letters to the editor, published daily
sports

Hornography

BY ERIC SOLLENBERGER

Soccer Watch

BY NICK BARBARO

comics

Eyebeam

BY SAM HURT

Jen Sorensen Comics

BY JEN SORENSEN

Maakies

BY TONY MILLIONAIRE

This Modern World

BY TOM TOMORROW

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